Earlier this week I thought I was suffering from douchebag deja vu when I read that Amazon.com was selling yet ANOTHER rape simulation video game, this time called "Stockholm: An Exploration of True Love." As you can perhaps guess, Stockholm explores
"...a terrifyingly vivid exploration of Stockholm Syndrome, a psychological condition in which a captive falls in love with her kidnapper. And you play the part of the kidnapper. With a limited number of options, you must figure out how to make her fall in love with you."
These "limited" options include using poison gas, and sexually and psychologically abusing the kidnapped woman. Yikes! While the Stockholm Syndrome narrative might be old news to the romance novel world (as explored by researchers like Janice Radway, a personal favorite of mine), its introduction into the realm of video games is pretty novel*, to me anyway. It appears as if Amazon has pulled this game from its website, but this repeat offense definitely deserves this week's Douchebag Decree.
*No pun intended.